Frustration can take you forward if you are able to let go. I let go. I will loose a good location, I consider my options. I contact the Municipality, we live in, Farum. An administrative district that is visionary, focuses and invests in the good life, development and health of their citizens. Johan joins me on a meeting with the Mayor and the Municipal director where I present my thoughts. Their reply makes me gasp for air “- How about if we build and you lease it?” YES!!! I could have hugged and kissed them. But I bared my self and behaved (almost) like a savvy business woman. Even if I think my expression gave me away. Outside I let myself explode in joy! Happy to share it with Johan.
We had some hard work to do before we had an agreement and a contract in hand.
Due to regulations they had to announce and invite other possible interested parties and they have to choose the best option. Competition is on. I love to compete! We land the contract and we celebrate. It's almost too good to be true! – We are on our way towards running our own facility! After the first meeting with the architects I get the first draft. Wow! It's hard to understand that this is really happening!
1999 is also the year where the WABC conference is in Toulouse, France. Again an interesting conference with plenty of learning. There's a lot going on in my life so it's difficult for me to absorb everything but it's nice to be arround friends from near and far. For you who were there, do you remember the food! Five course lunch à la française – Fantastique! This is where I meet Ludmilla Rosengren for the first time, a dedicated and hard working woman who's the president of the Swedish Babyswim federation. She asks me if I want to join and work for the federation. Honored I accept to run for the board. I continue my ride on life's rollercoaster.
Thank you to Farum's City Council, Mayor Peter Brixtofte and Director Leif Friman for the trust and the fabulous opportunity. I promised then that we'd work hard and reach our goals and I kept my promises and exceeded our goals by far. Thank you Architect Gert Andersson for listening and understanding our needs – you made it extraordinary. We love our “playground” and we take good care of it.
Thank you Daniel Zylberberg with team for the time and effort you put in to make it happen. Thank you to all of you who were there and made it very special. Thank you Ludmilla Rosengren for the invitation, opportunity and challenge to get onboard and work together to raise awareness, quality and education in baby swimming in Sweden. I appreciated it so much.
We are looking forward to what the new millenium has in hold for us.